Archive for October, 2009

Happy Halloween from all of us at!

Published by | Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Halloween was just full of surprises and creative costumes this year at! Here are just a few of our many valued employees, incognito:


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Lynda receives the 2009 Eastman Kodak Gold Medal Award from SMPTE

Published by | Friday, October 30th, 2009
Lynda receiving the SMPTE 2009 Eastman Kodak Gold Medal Award for her role as an education pioneer.

Lynda receiving the SMPTE 2009 Eastman Kodak Gold Medal Award for her role as an education pioneer. Lynda is the first woman to receive this award.

We are very proud that Lynda was honored last night by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) with the 2009 Eastman Kodak Gold Medal Award. Lynda was honored for her “contribution to education of technologies and practitioners in the field of media production, in particular, as a pioneer in online education through creation of the website which provides affordable, interactive training programs for film, television, sound, and web production.”

The purpose of the award is to honor the recipient by recognizing outstanding contributions, which lead to new or unique educational programs utilizing motion pictures, television, high-speed and instrumentation photography or other photography sciences. The award recognizes developments in equipment, systems, or instructional applications, which result in advancing the educational process at any or all levels.

Lynda among several other honorees who received awards for their roles in

Lynda among several other honorees who received awards at the SMPTE event.

Authors in the house! A week full of training at

Published by | Friday, October 30th, 2009

This week at was wall-to-wall authors! In the booths we had authors recording training on Photoshop, Cinema 4D, Mac OSX Server, audio apps, Dreamweaver, and digital photography. Quite a mix! It’s a great group with some familiar faces, and talented new faces as well. To unwind from recording, and celebrate these inspiring authors, all went out on Wednesday night with Ms. Lynda.


From left to right: author G.W. Childs, acquisitions manager Joe Randeen, author James Williamson, author relations manager (your's truly) Megan Read, producer Tom Mueller and wife Sally, author Sean Colins, producers Nick Brazzi, Kirk Werner, Max Smith, Senior Director of Education and Content Planning Laurie Burruss, author Ian Robinson, author Chris Orwig, co-owner Lynda Weinman, and author Deke McClelland.

Contribute to our history: How has impacted your life?

Published by | Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Top left: circa 1996. Top right: in 2000. The logo first hit the site in late 1997. Lower left: in 2005. Lower right: The web site for Lynda and Bruce's school, The Ojai Digital Arts Center, circa 1998.

The URL is going on 15 years old, and we’ve been through a lot of iterations and adventures. We’re putting together a history section on that documents our path from our humble beginnings to where we are today. Do you have a story about how has impacted your life? Pictures of you with past books, classes with Lynda or Bruce, events, Flashforward, etc? Were you a member of Lynda’s early web designer mailing list? Send your stories and pictures to if you want to share!

All’s play with Hello Kitty and tokidoki

Published by | Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
hello kitty montage

Clockwise, from left: mystery HK princess; Kymberlee and Simone Legno, "Kitty Mama" Yuko Yamaguchi and me; posing with the inspirational Hello Kitty.

No one can accuse me of all work and no play this past weekend, as I attended a special Hello Kitty artist signing called the Three Apples art exhibit at Royal/T in Culver City, CA with my friend, fellow Hello Kitty fan, and former colleague Kymberlee Weil of introNetworks. Above is a collage of some of the day’s highlights, me getting a signature by ‘Kitty Mama’ Yuko Yamaguchi (Hello Kitty head designer visiting from Tokyo) and Kymberlee with Tokidoki creator, and Creative Inspirations subject Simone Legno — at the launch of the exclusive tokidoki for Hello Kitty 35th Anniversary collection.

We saw an amazing art show, curated by Jamie Rivadeneira, owner of pop-culture shop in Los Angeles, JAPAN LA. Contemporary artists and Hello Kitty fans including Gary Baseman, Ron English, Buff Monster, Camilla d’Errico, Luke Chueh, Deph, and Yosuke Ueno are just a few of the 80+ amazing artists that have created Hello Kitty one-of-a kind artworks on display.

I bought some super cute Tokidoki Hello Kitty items, and got inspiration for my Halloween costume where I plan to channel a nerdy Hello Kitty.


Goodies from the Hello Kitty artist signing this past weekend.

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #25 – Selection Calculations

Published by | Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

You may know that you can add to a selection in Photoshop by pressing the Shift key. But you can also press keys to subtract and find an intersection. Better yet, these tricks apply to layers, channels, and paths. They’re a power user’s dream, and in this week’s episode of the Photoshop Top 40 Countdown, Deke shows us how to best use them.

New photo assignment: Using backlighting to your photographic advantage

Published by | Monday, October 26th, 2009

Derrick Story and his model, Denise Crosby, show us how to best use backlight, reflection, spot metering, and fill flash for stunning professional-quality photographs.

Derrick Story is at it again! He is bound and determined to make us better photographers, and his new series of Photo Assignment courses really do give us all an opportunity to strut our stuff.

The latest in his series is the new course, Photo Assignment: Backlit Portraits, Derrick show us how to achieve really interesting effects in a typically unintuitive shooting style—backlit. Check out his new courses, and then join me in posting pictures to his latest Flickr group, where we can all learn from each other.

Have fun shooting and see you all on Flickr.

Chris Orwig interviewed about his new book, work, and vision

Published by | Friday, October 23rd, 2009
Chris Orwig

Chris Orwig

Professional photographer, instructor at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, and author Chris Orwig was just interviewed about his new book, Visual Poetry on the Frederick Van blog. If you don’t know much about Chris, then you have a lot of great digital photography courses to watch on!

Check out the interview with Chris on the Frederick Van blog.

To see more of Chris’s photography, check out his web portfolio.